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  • Calloway Cab - Let The Bells Keep Ringin` (10``LP)


    10“-LP with 8 songs Calloway recorded for Bell records!

    Minnie The Moocher was effervescent bandleader Cab Calloway’s signature theme for more than
    half a century. He first waxed the ditty in 1931, and his sparkling reprise in the 1980 film ’The Blues
    Brothers’ was one of its indelible highlights.

    Arthur Shimkin’s BELL RECORDS was no doubt delighted to bring Cab aboard in 1954. The
    New York-based label specialized in soundalike versions of current hits at bargain list prices, but no
    way would Cab’s leonine roar ever be mistaken for that of anyone else. The eight songs Calloway
    waxed for BELL constitute this 10-inch LP, and there are some real surprises: Cab dives into Carl
    Smith’s country romp “Hey Joe” and Teresa Brewer’s perky “Jilted” as though they were conceived
    for him (ditto Jim Lowe’s dramatic Gambler’s Guitar and the majestic Unchained Melody). Even
    Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters’ steamy R&B smash “Such A Night” and Frank Sinatra’s
    suave “Learnin’ The Blues” were fair game for Calloway’s singular pipes and he served up a fresh,
    invigorating version of Minnie The Moocher for BELL’s fast-growing catalog.

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